Meet Ivor: Living an extraordinary life.

January 10, 2024

Ivor lives in an Independent Living Unit at Mayflower in Brighton. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ivor has enjoyed a successful career and family life and is accomplished in various areas.

From a military-trained soldier, bodyguard to Major General Brodie, parachutist, and Commander in an anti-terrorist team, to a top business executive, university principal lecturer, author, poet, award-winning competition golfer, singer, pilot, avid cruiser, and qualified Formula 3 racing car driver, Ivor’s pursuits have led him on some amazing life journeys.

Pictured above: Ivor feels that Mayflower is a place where people are empowered to truly live and enjoy life.

Ivor’s family have been an important part of his life, and he is proud of their varied achievements.

He is the proud husband of Joyce (who passed away in 2022), the father of Chris, Elaine, and Adrian, and the grandfather of four grandchildren. After visiting two of his adult children in Australia, Ivor and his wife Joyce (a retired Senior Nursing Sister) decided to sell their home in the UK and ‘downsize their lives to Australia’.

Ivor always discussed life events with his wife and sought her counsel regarding any major decisions. After Joyce became ill, Ivor cared for her for twelve years. When Joyce decided it was appropriate for her to move to full-time care, she insisted it must be at Mayflower having been there for respite care previously. This gave Ivor the opportunity to move into Mayflower’s Independent Living Units and be next door to Joyce. Ivor says the move to Mayflower was the right choice, and he hasn’t looked back.

Ivor says that he has never been one to sit down and worry about things, and his long and accomplished life is a testament to this. Ivor will be 90 this year, and he enjoys living at Mayflower. He says that he especially enjoys the ‘village-like’ atmosphere and that everything is kept to a high standard. He enjoys talking to the many interesting residents and feels that Mayflower is a place where people are empowered to truly live and enjoy life.

Thank you, Ivor, for sharing your amazing achievements and love for life with us.

Pictured above: Ivor as a young gentleman in the army.

Pictured above: Ivor during his time as a pilot.